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Bible school advises pastors to be financially independent

There is Hope (TIH) Bible School in Dowa District has asked pastors from different denominations in Malawi to stop relying on the church offerings for their day-to-day lives, but rather use entrepreneurship skills to fend for their families.

Leadership and Development Coordinator for the School, Pastor Mickson Mupanga, made the call during the school’s award of certificates to 55 students during the weekend who have completed a two-year Biblical and Ministerial Studies Programme at the institution.

Mupanga said apart from preaching the Word of God to their congregants, the pastors must also engage in other activities for their livelihood.

“We always encourage pastors to be financially independent rather than relying much on church subjects to provide for them.

Asked to be self reliant (Photo by James Ngalande)

“Therefore, as an institution, apart from the normal biblical studies, we also have life and transformation course offered here where our students are taught entrepreneurship skills,” he said.

Commending the institution for the programme, a representative for the graduating students, Pastor Mapulanga Kammano of Assemblies of God, said the graduates had been equipped with deeper knowledge of the Word of God.

“It was an eye-opening course which has enlightened us in so many aspects which will enable us to reach our followers in the communities and bring back non-believers to God. 

“But we are also grateful for the life-changing entrepreneurship course because it has taught us the importance of working hard on your own for personal development. 

“With the knowledge acquired at this school, we are geared to preach the Word of God to the masses and bring back nonbelievers to God,” he explained.

Among the 55 graduating students which are of sixth cohort, 18 are women and 37 are men.

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